Creation vs. Evolution
There will be a Saturday class starting September 20th that runs for 7 weeks. The topic of Creation vs. Evolution will be covered in depth each week. Please read the attached for in-depth information about the class.
Church members of First Baptist Church surround our pastor with daily and weekly prayer. Each Sunday they gather in the pastor’s office to pray during the worship service. They pray for the prayer cards turned into the offering plate that week and they pray for the people and the pastor while the Word of God is being proclaimed.
A vibrant ministry for those who are 50 and older at First Baptist Church.
Legacy meets on the second Saturday of each month at 6 pm at the church.
Here is the information on the upcoming Legacy meeting.
To keep up with all the planned events at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids check the church calendar here
Thomas Watson was a gifted preacher and writer in England during the 1600's. He loved the well-known verse: Romans 8:28. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
"Lord, what are you doing?" How often have we said this to ourselves or aloud? It comes down to whether I trust in His wisdom. As Paul says in Romans 11:33, Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! And that after two chapters of teaching on God's sovereign election and human responsibility.
The Lord wants me to be amazed at His wisdom. Throughout scripture He demonstrates this in the lives of His people. Joseph, for example, could not rise to influence and save the nation until he passed through a dungeon. Jonah's life, for example, would not have been spared unless he was swallowed up. Even the evil hatred of the Egyptians was the means of God's deliverance of His people from Egypt. The Apostle Paul, for example, had to wear chains in order for the gospel to spread.
Many may recognize Kiefer Tyler, age 24, as the drummer on stage each week during Sunday worship, leading the kids in song during Vacation Bible School, or teaching teenagers about Jesus at Youth Group.
"Every Sunday is like a family reunion," Kiefer said regarding why he loves First Baptist Church. "Everybody is always so happy to see each other. It is a family."
Kiefer moved to Eaton Rapids in 1998. He began attending First Baptist Church about 8 or 9 years ago, but started attending Youth Group a couple of years prior to that.
"I became a Christian in Youth Group, about 8th or 9th grade," said Kiefer. "One night at Youth Group, Aaron Jones (former FBC youth pastor) was teaching on how Jesus died for our sins, and I remember receiving Christ and asking for forgiveness."
Two ministries Kiefer is involved in at FBC are Praise Team and Youth Group. "I love being able to serve in each of these areas," he said
Kiefer's hobbies include hunting, fishing and spending time with family. His favorite movie is Blades of Glory. "I am huge into comedy movies," he said.
The best book he has read recently is called All-In. "I liked it because it was focused on strengthening our relationship with Christ," Kiefer said.
What would Kiefer like his church family to know about him?
"I like meeting new people," he said. "And I enjoy listening to other people's stories."
Before anyone calls me a hate-mongering Islamaphobic because of the title of this post, let me remind everyone that I have many Muslim friends. I have spoken on several occasions to Muslim gatherings, and I believe all Muslims in America should enjoy freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and every other liberty that Americans cherish. Now with that those obligatory caveats out of the way, let me get to the point.
Alton Nolen, the man who beheaded 54-year-old grandmother Colleen Huford and was in the process of beheading other women in his former workplace in Moore, Oklahoma before he was shot by an off-duty reserve deputy, is a radical Muslim terrorist. He is shown in the picture above standing in front of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City building in northwest Oklahoma City three weeks before he beheaded Mrs. Hufford. Nolen's Facebook page was updated with a photo of a beheading around the same time period.
According to this report, Nolen attended the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City three weeks before the beheading and posted on his Facebook, "At The Masjid (Mosque)Today For Jumar 9/5/2014 & Peforming Wudu!!!" Wudu is a water ritual in preparation for formal prayers. Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, served as the leader of the Islamic Society in OKC in years past. Suhaib Webb now serves as Imam of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Let that sink in for a moment before I show you where the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City is located.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Sam Brobst took a "Learning Your Spiritual Gift" course at Full Life Center, a charismatic church, and felt the Lord leading him to prophesy during meetings. But when Brobst opened his mouth the first time, he and others were surprised by what came out: pirate speak.
"We were in the middle of worship, when this voice rings out, 'Yar! Hear the word of the Lord — the Lord of the mighty seas!'" says one witness. "It was straight out of a Disneyland ride."
Brobst says he can't help it: when the Spirit moves upon him, he clamps one eye shut and his voice becomes gravelly and menacing. On a recent Sunday, he prophesied, "Avast ye, mateys! Hear the word from our Cap'n: No fear have ye of storms and scallywags, says ye? Argh! But I be seein' your true hearts. For I see below quarterdecks, says I. Ye be tremblin' in the face of scurvy dogs. But pay them no heed. For I be preparin' to pour down plenty o' booty upon ye. So be of cheer, me hearties! Ye be loved of the Cap'n."
The people of the church by now are accustomed to it, though first-time visitors often giggle.
"It doesn't even sound like pirate to me anymore," says one regular attendee. "My mind translates it."
Others say it's preferable to past prophetic styles they have witnessed.
"One woman would wail her prophecies," says longtime member Darlene Bright. "Another man would thunder in a deep voice like he was trying to impress us. All in all, I prefer pirate."
Fall Bible Study Dates
Various bible studies will be starting back up soon. Below are the individual dates/times.
Women's Bible Study - On Tuesday's, starting September 2nd at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall
Men's Bible Study - On Wednesday's, starting September 3rd at 7am in the Fellowship Hall
JAM (4th-6th Grade) - On Monday's, starting September 8th at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall
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Youth Group (7th-12th grade) 6-8pm (Every other week during the summer)
Prayer Meeting 7pm
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